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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Memorandum of Agreement with Mental Health Care, Inc. d/b/a Gracepoint for Exceptional Student Education Services, 2017/2018 (Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives)
We request approval of the agreement with Mental Health Care, Inc. d/b/a Gracepoint for the continuation of services for the 2017/2018 school year.  Since August 1994, the district has contracted with Gracepoint to provide therapeutic services for students and their families being served in the Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (E/BD) program.  The goal of this service is to improve behavior and increase the academic success of our E/BD students.

During the 2016/2017 school year, Gracepoint provided psychiatric, respite, counseling, and wrap-around services for approximately 115 E/BD students (Pre-K – High School) and families.  We had a full-time program supervisor, two full-time therapists, a full-time case manager, and a therapeutic mentor serving students and families at two school sites.  The therapists provided individual, family and group therapy to students and their families, and helped to provide referrals to other resources within the community.  They work collaboratively with the school teams on behavior and mental health for students with disabilities.  When students transition from an E/BD placement back to a less restrictive environment or a new school, the therapists follow them to assist in making the change a positive experience.

In addition, counseling services are also provided to students with disabilities by the district’s School Social Work Services and School Psychological Services departments. 

• Improve the high school graduation rate
Funds in the amount of $255,000 will be available in the divisional special revenue/federal programs budget, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  For tracking purposes, the project number specific to this agenda item is 3331.
Academic and behavioral progress will be measured using each student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP) objectives.
SUBMITTED BY:  Wynne A. Tye, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives, (813) 273-7033
Kimberly Workman, General Director, Exceptional Student Education
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.10
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170516_813 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.10